The 2018 festival has just finished and what a festival it was.

We screened 22 previews, 10 feature docs, 8 superb LGBT films and 36 shorts. 64% of our films were F-Rated with 55% directed by women and 17 Triple F-Rated – ie directed by, written by and starring women. 24 of our 43 events SOLD OUT and we had an average capacity of 82%.

We had some really stirring Q&As including a Skype one with director Amy Adrion talking about her everyone-should-watch film Half The Picture; director Jason Barker with his editor, Rachel Meyrick talking about the incredibly moving and remarkably funny film A Deal With The Universe. Directors Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds brought the house down with their incredibly personal doc, A Love That Never Dies while producers Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley inspired and entertained the Collette audience.  Meanwhile, the co-star of if…. David Wood answered fascinating questions about the making of the film and director Kim Hopkins and producer Margareta Szabo joined us to talk about Voices of the Sea.

At the 2018 IMDb Awards, BBC’s Laura Rawlings had fascinating conversations with our judges, producer Ivana Mackinnon, writer Alex von Tunzelmann, actor Jonathan Hyde and the CEO of IMDb, Col Needham. We watched the five finalists: Mind F*#k by Sherill Turner, Happy New Year by Wander Theunis & Brandon Grötzinger, The Wait by Jason McColgan, Fuck The Boxes by Abel Rubinstein and Life in Miniature by Ellen Evans as well as the world premiere of the 2018 IMDb Script to Screen award winner, Theo Watkins’s film Service. The winner was Ellen Evans with her perfect short doc, Life in Miniature, a film about small things – and the woman who creates them.

Our volunteers were as always just magnificent – from the incredibly hard-working team in the office of Sophie, Luisa, Amy and Willa to all the Front of House folk to our stewards and brochure distributors: we are SO lucky and surely have the very best volunteers it’s possible to have and of course our audiences, who are incredibly supportive and loving towards the festival and the films: thank you ALL!

A MASSIVE thank you to all of our sponsors

  • The BFI FAN Network
  • IMDb
  • Pukka Herbs
  • GWR
  • Bath Spa University
  • Aaron Evans Architects
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • The Norie Trust
  • Specsavers
  • Mallory
  • Westside Design
  • Wraxall Builders
  • Caroline Curran Design
  • Reel People Film Society
  • Jenny Mackewn
  • Walcot House
  • Anthony & Sylia Mackewn

And of course our partners

  • Odeon Bath
  • Visit Bath
  • LUX Film Prize
  • UK Film Festival
  • Visual Impact
  • South West Silents
  • Oska Bright Film Festival
  • Afrika Eye
  • Pound Arts
  • Chapel Arts Centre
  • Widsombe Social Club

You can see the brochure and the full programme here: